Mixology 101: Netflix and Cocktail Combos

by Andrew Connor, Columnist

 

Between the weirdoes, pricks, unrelenting cold, fear of faux pas, requisite of pants, and general social anxiety that is coupled with going out every weekend to drink with friends and strangers alike, it’s not always such a bad idea to stay in every once in a while. If you’re like me and find yourself asking people, “why are you talking to me?” too often, it’s likely you could use a break from partying. “But Andrew,” you surely quip in an inquisitive tone, “does that mean I can’t have some delicious, delicious alcohol?”

Why of course not–you can have alcohol whenever you want (except when you’re driving, operating machinery, under the age of 21, taking heavy medication, at work or school, and probably other times, too)! Just because you aren’t going out on the town doesn’t mean you can’t knock back a few in the comfort of your own home with your ol’ pal Netflix (and maybe some human companions, too, as not to be that kind of drinker). Here are a couple Netflix and cocktail combos that’ll make you wish you’d never have to leave your apartment or put on pants ever again.

 

Holy Motors and The French 75

 

Holy Motors is a French surrealist film directed by Leos Carax, and it is not for everybody. It follows Oscar, a man whose identity and motivations are unclear to the viewer, as he takes on the role of several unique characters throughout the film. He’s like an actor, only there are no cameras. If you’re the kind of person who requires plot in film, and can’t handle eccentricity, well this movie isn’t for you, but then again neither is this film’s corresponding cocktail, The French 75, a drink that combines champagne and gin in a way that shouldn’t work, but somehow does.

 

1/2oz Lemon Juice

1/2oz Simple Syrup

1oz Gin

3oz Champagne

Lemon twist to garnish

 

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine gin, syrup, and lemon juice.  Pour contents of shaker into a champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with lemon.

 

The Boondock Saints and The Bloody Mary

 

Conner and Murphy, two Irish brothers living in Boston, decide to do “God’s work” by cleansing the city of evil. It’s classic in it’s combination of brutal action and dark comedy, and is a must see for lovers of late 20th/early 21st century crime thrillers.  Maybe it’s just my morbid sense of humor, but considering the film’s strong juxtaposition of violence and Catholicism, the perfect drink to have with this film is none other than the iconic Bloody Mary.

 

2oz Vodka

Bloody Mary Mix

Optional (to taste):

Celery Salt

Worcestershire Sauce

Tabasco Sauce

Black Pepper

Paprika

Garnish with any of the following:

Celery

Olives

Asparagus

Lemon wedge

Pickles

 

In a highball glass with ice, pour in vodka then mix, and then add any garnishes and seasonings to taste.  There is no right way to make a Bloody Mary, so feel free to add what you want to make it your own.

Pulp Fiction and The Frozen Mudslide

 

Much like The Boondock Saints, Pulp Fiction comes from a time where filmmakers were starting to become a little more daring with what they chose to put on screen. Quentin Tarantino’s iconic film centers on several individuals and how their stories all connect.  One of my favorite scenes is when Vincent Vega (John Travolta) takes Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) out to dinner, and she orders a “Five Dollar Milkshake.” Considering inflation rates, I’m going to have to agree with Vincent that it better be a damn good milkshake.  Despite the fact that the night is (almost) ruined with a drug overdose, it looks to be a relatively good milkshake. Anyway, enjoy this classic with your own damn good milkshake (but with booze), The Frozen Mudslide.

 

2oz Vodka

2oz Kahlua

2oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

6oz Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream

 

Pour Vodka, Kahlua, and Bailey’s into a blender with ice cream. Mix well and pour into a glass. Try not to overdose on heroin.

 

Doctor Who and The Sonic Screwdriver

 

Alright, so maybe you don’t want to watch a movie. Perhaps you’d rather gorge on multiple TV episodes like some sort of pop culture Kobayashi. If you haven’t been bitten by the Whovian bug, I suggest you start now. It’s not a cult hit for nothing. A time and space traveling alien known only as “The Doctor” navigates the universe armed with only a space ship disguised as a police call box, a sonic screwdriver, and a British accent.  Enjoy this classic sci-fi series with a drink named after the Doctor’s favorite tool.

 

1.5oz Vanilla Vodka

1.5oz Blue Curacao

6oz Lemon-Lime Soda

 

In a glass filled with ice, pour in Vodka, Blue Curacao, and then soda. Then be sure not to blink.

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